Jul 24, 2015
Summer, Love And Baking In Goo Hara's "Choco Chip Cookies"
Not going to lie, this review is not only a review but also an excuse to post pretty pictures of Goo Hara, who recently broke away from Kara (temporarily, of course) to go on a solo adventure. I've always liked Hara, like before I even knew who she was. I remember watching a clip from SBS' popular talk-show "Strong Heart" with her in it, and although I had no idea who she was I thought she was the prettiest girl I've ever seen. That's always been Hara's thing, her unique, gorgeous looks and cute yet spunky personality, and while she's a fairly competent dancer her vocals skills are nothing to brag about. With that in mind I had a hard time imagining her as a solo artist, but her debut "Choco Chip Cookies" featuring Giriboy has proven me wrong.
Firstly, how cute of a name isn't "Alohara"? The title of her mini album is a mash-up of two words: Aloha, of Hawaiian origin, and her own name Hara. Not only does the two words fit together but also means "Hello Hara", as aloha has become more of a greeting phrase in the English language. We're all literally saying hello to Hara as a solo artist, and she's saying hello to us as well. I don't plan on reviewing her album because I can only tolerate so much of her voice, but I thought I'd at least mention it because it's definitely one of the better titles of an album in K-pop.
The song itself is surprisingly pleasant to listen to, especially considering Hara's limited vocal register. It's well within her range and doesn't try anything that's out of her ability, but instead is very sweet, minimalistic and easy-going. Sure, she doesn't sound amazing but that's not really what any of us were expecting either so I can't say I feel disappointed by her efforts. I know she's doing her best, and it's great that the video is as good as it is because it makes you appreciate her even though your ears might not fully enjoy the experience.
Now onto the main highlight of this debut: the MV. Lord knows we've seen many summer videos this year with the explosion of summer comebacks by various groups (especially female ones), but this one is by far my favorite of those that I've seen. I like it because while it includes some of the typical scenery we've gotten used to seeing (palm trees, vibrant colors and high saturation) it also mixes in other kinds of shots with different lightning, saturation and coloring. There's a good balance between close-ups, full-on body shots, dancing sequences and insertions of plot, and it never gets boring to watch. Every scene is something new and different, and I love that they've really managed to utilize whatever country the video's shot in by shooting in many different locations and in many different ways. Some of the scenes are very K-pop-like (flashy set, bright lightning) whereas others are more candid and intimate, and are supposed to look like a home-made movie.
After watching the video multiple times I can definitely say that Hara's debut is one of my favorite releases this summer. The song is not the best but it's very sweet, breezy and summery and it works for her. As for the video I can certainly say that it's one of my favorites so far this year, and definitely my favorite so far this summer.